Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.
Articles by Tracy Gantz
May 30, 2010
The 2010 Annual Horse Owner Seminar at the University of Georgia is scheduled for Aug. 14 at the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Ga. It provides a full day of programs for horse owners to learn from clinicians and residents at the Read More
May 30, 2010
When trainer Doug O'Neill's charges head to the racetrack during training hours at Hollywood Park, a familiar dark bay gelding often accompanies them. Lava Man, who won three Hollywood Gold Cups during a long racing career in which he e Read More
May 28, 2010
The first 2010 case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Florida's Marion county was confirmed May 24. A horse in the northwestern part of the county contracted EEE and was euthanized, according to a spokesperson for the Marion County He Read More
May 24, 2010
In the wake of a euthanized horse testing positive for the Hendra virus in Queensland, Australia, 11 people are being tested for the disease. Six had reportedly cleared the preliminary test May 21, and all are expected to test negative.
May 21, 2010
One case of Hendra virus has been confirmed, while an exposed horse has tested negative for the disease in Queensland, Australia. Biosecurity Queensland confirmed the case May 20 and on May 21 reported initial negative tests for the second hors Read More
May 20, 2010
In an effort to show that Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) does not exist or is at very low levels in the US equine horse population, the USDA is offering lower-cost testing to owners of active breeding stallions through August. It is part of a Read More
May 17, 2010
Soldiers who have returned from Iraq and other war-torn areas are finding solace in horses at the Ivey Ranch Park Association in Oceanside, Calif., not far from the Camp Pendleton Marine base. Ivey Ranch for the past year has participated in th Read More
May 14, 2010
Because two horses recently tested positive for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Montana, the Montana Department of Livestock's Animal Health Division has scheduled a May 17 meeting in Gallatin county to update local horse owners on the si Read More
May 13, 2010
Picaro, the Paso Fino stallion shot in the head when his despondent owner apparently killed himself and his wife, is off to his new home in Virginia. After four months of care through Tufts University in North Grafton, Mass., the horse is en ro Read More
May 12, 2010
Sprinklers in a barn at Plainridge Racecourse, a harness racetrack near Boston, saved some 35 horses when a fire broke out May 9. High winds could have sent flames to other barns when the blaze began about 3 a.m.
The racetrack, locat Read More
May 11, 2010
A fungus making its way down the western US from Canada may not pose a serious threat to horses, according to researchers familiar with the situation. A report from Duke University Medical Center on Cryptococcus gattii and its movement Read More
May 06, 2010
Miggs, the 15-year-old police horse who was one of the first responders to the failed bombing of New York's Times Square, on May 5 received carrots, apples, and cupcakes for his heroic efforts, according to the website dnainfo.com.
May 06, 2010
The quarantine for equine infectious anemia (EIA) in Wiltshire, England, has been lifted after three sets of tests showed horses free of the disease. The testing was required after two mares imported from Romania in December tested positive in Read More
May 05, 2010
May 04, 2010
Steven Spielberg has chosen to direct "War Horse," a story about a boy and his horse set during World War I, according to Variety. Disney and DreamWorks are planning to release the movie Aug. 10, 2011.
Michael Morpurgo wrot Read More
May 03, 2010
April 29, 2010
April 21, 2010
Researchers at the University of California (UC), Davis are having success treating atrial fibrillation in horses through transvenous electrical cardioversion (TVEC). Read More
April 21, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional a federal law banning the "commercial creation, sale, or possession of certain depictions of animal cruelty." The court, on an 8-1 vote April 20, declared the federal law too broad and Read More
April 17, 2010
A horse has tested positive for rabies post-mortem in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Ag. Read More
April 16, 2010
Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is introducing a series of free seminars for horse owners this year. They will be held on the first Tuesday of the month once a quarter at the Ames, Iowa, school.
April 16, 2010
An as-yet unidentified illness has killed two horses and sickened 10 others in Bahrain, reports the Gulf Daily News. Authorities began investigating the situation April 15, and blood tests have been sent to a specialized laboratory in th Read More
April 15, 2010
The eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano has closed airports and canceled flights in Europe, leading to the suspension of equine frozen semen shipments at the height of the breeding season.
Jamie Anderson of Equine Repr Read More
March 16, 2010
As people rush to takes sides in the great dirt-versus-synthetic racetrack surface debate, Mick Peterson, MS, PhD, and Santa Anita Park track superintendent Richard Tedesco suggested consistency and maintenance trump type of surface.
February 14, 2010
When it comes to issues affecting California racing, nothing supersedes track surfaces. While panelists at the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) summit meeting Feb. 13 at Santa Anita first spoke about the failing economic model of the sta Read More